Visit some churches
A certain must see when you visit the province of Groningen are the churches.
Sometimes they stand alone on a little hill, a so called 'wierde' in the Groninger language.
Often they are from Roman times.Related to:
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In Westeremden lives the well known artist Henk Helmantel, his studio is situated next to the church. You can visit his exposition for a small entrance fee. But this also includes a cup of tea or coffee in the lovely garden.
The exposition, which is in the farm part of the rebuild midieval parsonage, offers every summer season the possibility to see about 70 paintings of the artist.
Each year the collection is partially changed, so there is always something new to see here.
May - September : Friday and Saturday afternoon from 1 o'clock until 5 o'clock in the afternoon. In July and August the expostion is also open on Thursday afternoon.
You can visit the website of website van Helmantel to see some of his work. This painting is called "Stilleven met fruit en brood op Spaanse tafel" ("still with fruit and bread on a Spanish table"). The exposition is open between May and September. The picture is from the website of Henk Helmantel :
Winding road at Schaphalsterzijl
I've driven a bit more to the south by now. We're in Schaphalsterzijl, and here you can see some lovely landscape. I love the old 'dyke' with the sheep on it, and the winding road next to it.
Some sailing boats at the lock of Schaphalsterzijl. I love seeing these little spots in the Province of Groningen. The landscape is quite bare at times, but there are lots of small picturesque places to be found, like this one.
I can't say that this is my favourite part of the province, but it is certainly different. The landscape of the polders is so bare. This little house behind the dyke looks so lonely, so desolate. The views are amazing though, you can't get a flatter landscape than this, and you the view is endless..... hahaha, except for this dyke of course which is blocking the view ;-) The best way I can describe it is 'desolate'.... nothing there, only an empty landscape.
The sea dyke close to Westernieland
Somewhere in nowhere.... Westernieland. The picture has nothing to do with the village though, but with the landscape. Here you can see a beautiful landscape, old sea dykes going through the countryside, with the road on top of the dyke, which give you a nice view over the surrounding pasture.
Mudwalking in Noordpolderzijl
Noordpolderzijl is the starting point for mudwalkers ('wadlopers' in Dutch) to Schiermonnikoog. On low tide you can walk all the way to this island. I've been 'mudwalking' once and it a fantastic experience. I didn't walk all the way to Schiermonnikoog though, but explored part of the 'wad'. The start of the walk is very muddy, and you sink into it almost up to your knees at points. But if you keep up the speed of walking you won't think in so deep. But after those first meters, you will get onto the sand. These are banks of sand in the sea, and it's almost like walking on the beach. Sometimes you have to wade through water, haha, I even had to swim one time, to get to another bank of sand. But it is fantastic to do! You can see seals, birds, and the view... amazing! I loved it! The only bad part is that you have to go back through those meters of mud to get back to the coast ;-)
Never attempt to go 'mudwalking' on your own. The tides come in very quickly, and only an experienced guide knows about the circumstances in this area. If you want to go mudwalking you have to make reservations well in advance. And don't go to early in the season, hahaha, because the water is still bitter cold at that time.
The "Waddenzee" at Noordpolderzijl.
Noordpolderzijl owes its name to a lock dating back to 1811. Zijl is another word for lock. This lock is a connection between the inland waterway of the "Noordpolder' (Northern polder) and the sea (Waddenzee).
Noorpolderzijl has picturesque fishing harbour. And when you are here on the right time, you can buy freshly cought shrimps from the fisherman of Usquert.
The city of Groningen
Last but not least I want to show you a picture of the city of Groningen. This is an absolute 'must see', it is such a beautiful city. On the picture you can see the Martini tower in the heart of the city. You can read all about Groningen and see many pictures of this beautiful city on my Groningen page :
largest number of millionaires
I am getting close to the sea in the area of 'Usquert'. This used to be a very wealthy part of the country, and even the largest number of millionaires of the country used to live here. And that is still visable in the farmhouses in this region. This house still looks like a typical farm, but some houses don't even look like farms anymore, but like estates. The farmers weren't farmers themselves anymore, but more large landowners. They had several farms with labourers working for them.Related to:
Windmill of Zeerijp
On this trip I am going to the north west of the province. This windmill is located in the village of Zeerijp, called "de Leeuw" (= lion). The windmill is on the eastside of the village and was build in 1865. Previous to that there was a windmill on this spot from which was build in 1662.Related to:
The windmill in Zeerijp
But of course you can be lazy as well and explore the province by car. Hahaha, and that's exactly what I did after my bike and canoe trip. I was getting sore muscles, and sitting lazy in the car for a day was a welcoming change :-)
A great advantage for exploring parts of the province in canoe is that you see everything in a different perspective and that you can see things that you normally wouldn't spot so easily. Like this coot for instance sitting on its nest. There are a lot of coots in the canals and you can approach them quite easily with a canoe. Only when you get too close they will try and hide from you.
Besides the coot there are plenty of other birds you can see in Groningen.
A house from 1706 in Appingedam
One thing I like a lot about Appingedam these days is that every effort has been taken to restore the historic centre of Appingedam to its full glory. I can't remember it looked as good when I went to school here. But now, many years later, the city centre looks very picturesque, specially from the canals! Dozens of houses have been thoroughly restored and streets and their surroundings have been suitably adjusted. Almost one kilometre (0,6 mile) of the old quay wall has been restored in its original state.
You can read about this trip, and more about the history of Appingedam on my "Appingedam page"
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